First, stop everything you’re doing and read The Mother Company’s interview with my rad hubby, Matt. A lot of times when they see our son wearing a dress or playing with dolls, people ask “Where’s the kid’s father?!” To that I say, he’s right here, by my side, being equally awesome, loving and supportive of both of our sons – no matter their likes, dislikes, gender expression, gender identity, etc.
When you’re done reading the interview, be sure to come back here, we have a lot to cover this week.
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And, the winner of this week’s book giveaway is….Teresa Kander!
Congrats, you’ve won a signed copy of Sarah and Ian Hoffman’s Jacob’s New Dress. Email your mailing address to email@example.com and I’ll drop the book in the mail next week. Yay, you!
Thanks to everyone who entered to win by letting me know what books are favorites of your gender creative and ally family. I’ve added a few new titles to my shopping list and will create a full list and post here soon.
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This week, I found out that Raising My Rainbow is a finalist for the 2014 Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, presented by the Publishing Triangle. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 24, at The New School in New York City. It’d be an honor to win. Cross your fingers and everything else for me, please.
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My speaking calendar is filling up for spring and we should meet. Here are my upcoming events:
This Wednesday, March 19, I’ll be at the PFLAG Los Angeles meeting. Will I see you there?
And, on Saturday, April 5, I’ll be on a panel of memoirists at Literary Orange 2014 in Orange County. Should I save you a seat?
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Two interviews with me ran this week. You can check them out here, if you’re not sick of me:
Interview with Lori Duron, Author of Raising My Rainbow, The Phil Factor
Q&A with author Lori Duron, Deborah Kalb Books
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These news stories interested me this week:
This Gay 12-Year-Old Reveals Challenges For LGBT Youth In America, Queerty
When a Little Kid Gives Adults a Lesson In Humanity…, The Meta Picture
The Growing Transgender Presence in Pop Culture, The New York Times
Great interview from a stand up guy. I remember reading an earlier interview about a manly man having a sparkly boy…still the same great guy.
A++ interview, Matt!
I was so glad to read the interview and hear what a supportive father Matt is for CJ because I already knew you were there for him. What a fantastic team you two make and to have a brother also who is able to support him I know he was born into the right family to have a wonderful life. You are in my thoughts all the time and it’s great to read about the strides you are making with this issue.
Lori, I just realized – you should totally write a children’s book yourself!
Yes!!! Please write a kids book! One where the kid isn’t exposed to bullying….my five year old doesn’t know yet that he is “different,” well I think he knows he is different, but he doesn’t know people might reject him because of that. I don’t want to sugar coat it, but for now I want to retain his innocence… I don’t want to teach him yet that his being will be considered wrong by some people. I know it is happening soon, that I can’t protect him forever, but I would love a kids book about a transgender kid or gender non conforming kid where people question it as a different way and thus learn it is still okay just different, without first being either bullies or calling it weird, etc.
So….umm, get on that, will ya?
Great interview with Matt who really understands what it means to be a father.
Yay me indeed….can’t wait to be able to share this book with my grandson!